FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Mobile: (970) 418-0562
26 May 2016
Lake Dillon Fire offers reminders for safe holiday, safe summer
With the arrival of the Memorial Day weekend and the informal start of summer, officials at Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue want to remind residents and visitors alike to practice fire safety at the campsite and the backyard grill.
“Summer here in Summit County is a time to enjoy being outdoors and experience all that the mountains have to offer,” said LDFR Chief Jeff Berino. “With a few easy precautions, you can be sure of having a safe and fun time.”
Campsite safety tips:
- Clear campfire sight down to bare soil.
- Circle the pit with rocks.
- Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, dry grass, and leaves.
- Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.
- Never leave a campfire unattended.
- When putting out a campfire, drown the fire, stir it, and drown it again.
- Be careful with gas lanterns, barbeques, gas stoves, and anything that can be a source of ignition for a wildfire.
Barbecue safety tips:
- Keep grills away from combustibles, including the outside of your house, balcony or garage.
- Check your gas grill hose integrity and hose connections to make sure gas is not leaking from your gas grill. Apply soapy water to hoses and connections to reveal any leaks.
- Enforce a “kid-free zone” of 36 inches around the grill. Also keep your pets from underfoot.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited, and never use any flammable or combustible liquid other than charcoal starter fluid to get the fire going.
Lake Dillon Fire has posted its summer fire-danger signs in Silverthorne, Frisco and Keystone, and you can also find the rating on our website at www.ldfr.org. Additionally, our friends at the Summit Daily News once again will be posting the daily fire-danger rating in a small box on the front page. Remember that even when the wildfire danger is low, our semi-arid climate and weather patterns can promote the spread of wildfires at any time of the summer.
Property owners in the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District are reminded to create adequate “defensible space” around structures. Free defensible-space walk-arounds are available by calling (970) 262-5209. More information on preparing for wildfire season is available on our website at www.ldfr.org/wildfire.
Finally, please come chat with Lake Dillon firefighters and learn home safety in the Smoke Trailer at the annual Safe Summer Kickoff at Silverthorne Elementary School on June 4!